What You Should Know

Thank you for entrusting us with your health care. We consider it a privilege to partner with you in your healthcare, and assure you that our team of healthcare professionals will make every effort to provide you with the very best of care. This letter answers common questions our new patients have. We hope you will find this information helpful and reassuring. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

It is important that you fill out the enclosed forms before your visit. Allow yourself 30 minutes to an hour to fill them out. Upon completion, you may mail them to us prior to your appointment; or bring them with you when you come.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Doing so will allow sufficient time for the front office staff to process your information, and get you in to see the doctor on time.

Your first appointment will last for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Subsequent “follow-up” visits usually last around 20 to 30 minutes. You will receive a recorded message to confirm your follow-up visits 2 business days prior to your appointment.

Bring your insurance card(s) and driver’s license with you for every visit. We will scan them before each appointment. This has proven to be the most effective way to follow all of the rules that insurance companies require of us.

Also, be aware of the co-pay amount, deductible, or percentage total that your insurance company requires, and be prepared to pay as you check-in.  We accept cash, or the following credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, & Discover.

Please bring all medications you are currently taking.

Finally, due to the amount of time reserved for your visit, should you need to cancel or reschedule, we ask that you call and give us 24 hours notice of cancellation. This is necessary to avoid a cancellation fee, and enables us to schedule someone else for that time.

Thank you for your cooperation. We hope your visit is a pleasant one. And again, if you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at 318-424-9240.


Robert E. Goodman, M.D. & the Health Care Team at the Arthritis and Rheumatology Clinic

Patient Forms

It is very important that you click the link above, print and then fill out all the patient forms that appear. Completing these forms should take you 30 minutes to one hour.

Upon completion, you can mail them to us prior to your first appointment, or you can bring them with you when you come to our office.

Click To Download Patient Forms

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